STRATFORD, VA (August 21, 2018) – Stratford Hall currently is undertaking several major projects that will enhance both the preservation of the historic property and the visitor experience.
The pedestrian bridge connecting the Visitor Center and the Historic Area is undergoing maintenance including painting and new planking. The bridge is closed during this work, and re-opening is anticipated by early fall. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop, which are situated at either end of the bridge, remain open, and arrangements for convenient parking and transportation of visitors are in place.
Stratford’s iconic Great House, constructed in the 1730s and painstakingly preserved and exhibited, is itself surrounded by several other historic structures and outbuildings. Five of these structures will be receiving new, historically appropriate roofs during the coming months. The first project under way is the northwest outbuilding, located at the northern boundary of the west yard. When these roof projects are complete later this fall, Stratford will have accomplished an important aspect of its preservation responsibility in connection with these centuries-old buildings.
Installation of a new, historically authentic garden east of the Great House continues. This is a project undertaken in partnership with, and led by, the Garden Club of Virginia, which is a relationship that spans more than eight decades. Construction of the new garden’s borders and pathways is proceeding, and later this fall new plant material will be installed, all pointing toward a spring “opening” of this exciting new feature of the Stratford experience.
Stratford’s full slate of programs and tours continues amidst these projects this fall, including the ongoing series of landscape treks exploring Stratford’s natural environment, kayaking programs on the Potomac, and other opportunities. “Fall is traditionally a busy and exciting season at Stratford and this year is no exception,” said John Bacon, Stratford’s president. “We hope our visitors, guests, friends and neighbors will join us throughout these months to experience the breadth and depth of Stratford, and we’re grateful for everyone’s patience as we accomplish important improvements that will enhance Stratford for years to come.”